Oscar Tavares News

Today Oscar Tavares dropped his agent Melvin Roman for Rob Plummer, not sure why but Rob Plummer happens to represent the best Dominican players. Plummer has Miguel Sano and Cardinals minor league pitcher Carlos Martinez in his stable of players. Tavares ranks at # 3 among top prospects. I happen to think he may make the team this year as an extra outfielder unless an outfielder is traded.

source: Tim Dierkes

Ronny Cedeno a Cardinal?

Well, I just heard that St.Louis Post Dispatch Sports columinist Rick Hummel is reporting that there are news coing out of Venezuela that Ronny Cedeno is heading to the Cardinals. No announcement has been made due to the respect for the Stan Musial family. I imagine more information about this move with Cedeno will be released after the weekend. I think this would be a good move for the Cardinals but I would not consider it a upgrade. This tells me Pete Kozma may not be in the mix for back up shortstop position. Thats too bad, I loved Kozma’s performance during the last month of the 2012 season. Cedeno does show flexibility in the infield positions like second base and had played some third base when playing for the Cubs, Mets and Mariners.

Source: Rick Hummel

Cardinals News and Tidbits

There has been talk about movement towards signing Adam Wainwright before Spring Training. Wainwright has mentioned before that he loves it here and wants to stay here. Cardinals may go for a three year deal with him.

It is being reported that Chris Carpenter may have some second thoughts about returning to the 2013 season with the Cardinals. Carpenter has mentioned, “If I’m healthy and I feel good at the end of the season and I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to have a job, I’ll sit down and talk to my wife and kids and see what they want to do.” I have always had a feeling he may call it a career soon.

source: Rob Rains

Cardinals Intrested in Ronny Cedeno

Earlier today Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the St.Louis Cardinals are among other teams that is showing a interest in the middle infielder free agent Ronny Cedeno. I have heard the Cardinals GM John Mozeliak talked about wanting a veteran to play back up shortstop and second base. Cedeno is a average player but I tend to think he would fit in well with the make up of this team.

Jason Motte Signs with Cards

The Cardinals and Jason Motte finally come to an agreement for a two year deal at $12million. Motte posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and struck out 86 batters while walking only 17 in 72 innings last season while saving 42 games. A well deserved raise due to his performance of  42 saves. Glad to have you back Jason!

Passing of a Legend

It’s a sad day today in Cardinal Nation. Our beloved Hall of Famer Stan Musial passed this evening in his home in Ladue, Missouri. He was 92. Stan was a gamer and he loved this town. I always enjoyed seeing hm on opening day waving to all the fans as he sat in the golf cart. As a small kid at family gatherings I could remember the family talking about Cardinal Baseball and one name has always been a main topic on who is their favorite Cardinal player. It was always Stan Musial before Enos Slaughter. Stan spent 22 years with the St.Louis Cardinals. He hit 475 home runs and had a .331 batting average after retiring in 1963. He loved the fans, I heard once he would carry pictures of himself that where already signed so he could hand them out when he was in the public eye.. I remember being at a big sports convention in downtown St.Louis. This was also way before Winter Warm Up. I was standing in line to get a Brian Jordan autograph and the table near by had Stan Musial hamming it up with the fans. There was a lot of laughter and then all of a sudden he pulled out his harmonica and played Take Me Out to the Ballgame. As I stood there I realized my love of the game isn’t all about autographs its the feeling of pride for the Cardinal team and the players that make this team our favorite pass time here in St.Louis. Stan Musial is the man that brought this team to be a respectful franchise. Stan will be missed. God Bless the Musial Family.

McClellan Signs with Rangers

 

McClellan a product of Hazelwood West High School here in St.Louis finally found a home with the Texas Rangers. Kyle was signed to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. There is no doubt he will make the Rangers team. In 2011 he had a 12-7 win/loss and made some relief appearances. He may catch on as a starter since Scott Feldman is gone from the team. He is able to fit in anywhere for this Ranger s team. Good Luck, Kyle

St.Louis Cardinals 2013 Promotional Schedule

St.Louis Cardinals Press Release

The St. Louis Cardinals have released their much anticipated 2013 promotional schedule, consisting of at least 34 giveaways and highlighted by a series of bobbleheads and jerseys, including a replica of the brand new 2013 “St. Louis” home alternate jersey.

From Stan Musial to Allen Craig, the 2013 promotional schedule celebrates Cardinal greats of the past and present. Highlights include the Stan Musial harmonica (April 12th), a 28”Allen Craig bat presented by Rawlings (April 27th) and a pair of Cardinals High Sports Socks (May 19th) – a uniform classic re-popularized last season during “High Socks Sundays” by players like Jon Jay, Daniel Descalso and Jason Motte. The Edward Jones Hall of Fame Weekend features commemorative items highlighting St. Louis’s most popular hall of famers including the Ozzie Smith Gold Glove Bobblehead presented by Ameren Missouri (July 19th), a wearable adult replica 1940’s Red Schoendienst Jersey sponsored by Delta Air Lines (July 20th), as well as a one-of-a-kind Replica Musial Bronze Statue – just like the one displayed outside of the Busch Stadium Team Store – courtesy of Edward Jones (July 21st). Fans will even receive Fredbird-themed giveaway items at his first-ever Birthday Bash Weekend in August, including a Team Canvas Print presented by Coke Zero (August 23rd), Fredbird Kids Cap sponsored by Ice Mountain (August 24th) and Build-A-Bear Workshop Fredbird stuffed bear (August 25th).

Tickets for many of the 2013 promotional item game dates are already available by purchasing one of several specially tailored ticket packs themed around the promotional items. Highlighted ticket packs include the Bobblehead Pack, featuring all four of the 2013 bobblehead collection and the Jersey Pack containing all six of the replica jersey giveaways this season. All Cardinals Ticket Packs are on sale now at the team’s website,
 
 
Magnet Schedule
Monday, April 8 vs. Cincinnati, 3:15
Fans, ages 21 and older
Whether home or on the road, keep track of your Cardinals games with a convenient 2013 schedule magnet, compliments of Busch Beer.
STAN MUSIAL HARMONICA
Friday, April 12 vs. Milwaukee, 7:15
Fans, ages 16 and older
Take this one-of-a-kind collectible home and try to master “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” just like Stan the Man.
ADULT REPLICA ALTERNATE JERSEY (LUMIERE CASINO)
Saturday, April 13 vs. Milwaukee, 3:15
25,000 Fans, ages 21 and older
The players aren’t the only ones who get to wear the new Cardinals jersey this summer. Thanks to Lumiere Casino, fans at this game can take home a replica alternate jersey.
MOLINA REPLICA GOLD AND PLATINUM GLOVE AWARD (RAWLINGS)
Sunday, April 14 vs. Milwaukee, 1:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
Rawlings is sending fans home with a replica of Yadier Molina’s gold and platinum glove award. This item is sure to stand out in your Cardinals collection!
2006 REPLICA WORLD SERIES RING (SCOTTS)
Friday, April 26 vs. Pittsburgh, 7:15
All fans entering with a ticket
Relive the excitement of the 2006 World Series! Fans at this game will collect their very own wearable 2006 World Championship replica ring, courtesy of Scotts.
RAWLINGS ALLEN CRAIG BAT (RAWLINGS)
Saturday, April 27 vs. Pittsburgh, 3:15
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
Hit like the pros and Cardinals slugger, Allen Craig, with a 28” Rawlings bat.
CARLOS BELTRAN BOBBLEHEAD (FIRST NATIONAL BANK)
Sunday, April 28 vs. Pittsburgh, 1:15
25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
Calling all bobblehead collectors! Carlos Beltran is ready to join your collection. Thanks to First National Bank, fans of all ages can take this right fielder’s bobblehead home.
“LADIES WEEKEND”
Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 (Mother’s Day)
The first homestand in May is a weekend fit for the female fans. Pre-game entertainment, activities and giveaway items are sure to please the ladies of Cardinal Nation.
REPLICA WOMENS MIKE MATHENY JERSEY (AT&T)
Saturday, May 11 vs. Colorado, 1:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
AT&T will provide 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, with a women’s Mike Matheny jersey at this Saturday game of Ladies’ Weekend.
LADIES FLOPPY SUN HAT (DIET COKE AND SCHNUCKS)
Sunday, May 12 vs. Colorado, 1:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
Diet Coke and Schnucks are excited to give fans this one-of-a kind Cardinals sun hat. It’s a sure fire way to stay shaded when you’re enjoying a game at Busch Stadium.
ADULT CAP (U.S. CELLULAR)
Friday, May 17th vs. Milwaukee, 7:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
Show off your Cardinals spirit in style with this trendy baseball cap, courtesy of U.S. Cellular, the Official Wireless Provider of the Cardinals.
PENNANT (COCA COLA/PASTA HOUSE)
Saturday, May 18 vs. Milwaukee, 6:15
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
Coca Cola and Pasta House are proud to provide kids, ages 15 and younger, with a Cardinals pennant and coupon, valid at The Pasta House.
HIGH SPORTS SOCKS
Sunday, May 19 vs. Milwaukee, 1:15
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
“High Socks Sunday” is popular with Cardinals players and has become a fan favorite over the past seasons. Kids, ages 15 and younger, will receive their very own pair of high sports socks at this Sunday game.
DRAWSTRING BAG (MLB NETWORK)
Thursday, May 30 vs. Kansas City, 7:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
MLB Network wants you to gear up for the season with a drawstring bag to bring to and from each Cardinals game while always keeping up with your baseball news on MLB Network.
“RITZ KICKOFF TO SUMMER WEEKEND”
Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 vs. San Francisco
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
A weekend full of fun for kids and families, presented by Ritz! Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all kids will receive a free ticket to a future home game.
FIREWORKS NIGHT
Friday, May 31 vs. San Francisco, 7:15
The Cardinals are proud to present Fireworks Night at Busch Stadium. Bring the entire family to watch the Cards take on the reigning World Champion San Francisco Giants in an NLCS rematch. Stay in your seat after the game to watch a dazzling fireworks display with the St. Louis Arch as the backdrop.
KIDS REPLICA MOLINA BATTING PRACTICE JERSEY (POWERADE/SHOP ‘N SAVE)
Saturday, June 1 vs. San Francisco, 6:15
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
Gear up for Cardinals games and support Cardinals catcher, Yadier Molina with a replica batting practice jersey, just like the one he wears, courtesy of Powerade and Shop ‘n Save.
SIX FLAGS DAY
Sunday, June 2 vs. San Francisco, 1:15
Kids, 48” and under
What a great way to start summer! Kids, 48” inches and under, receive a free ticket to Six Flags valid Monday – Friday through Sunday July 5th.
FAMILY ATTRACTIONS CARD DAY
Sunday, June 2 vs. San Francisco, 1:15
Kids, 48” and under
The Family Attractions card offers thousands in savings at local area attractions, restaurants and lodging – perfect for families looking for lots of summer fun and activities.
1926 CHAMPIONSHIP BEER STEIN (BUDWEISER)
Friday June 21 vs. Texas, 7:15
25,000 Fans, ages 21 and older
Budweiser is bringing fans, ages 21 and older, the third stein in the Championship series, highlighting the Cardinals very first World Series win in 1926.
PURINA POOCHES IN THE BALLPARK
Saturday, June 22 vs. Texas, 6:15
Fans, only with a special ticket, will be allowed to bring their dog to a designated section of the ballpark. Stay tuned for information regarding a pre-game full of activities to get your tail wagging.
PET FOOD BOWL MAT (PURINA)
Saturday, June 22 vs. Texas, 6:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
Don’t forget your furry friends! 25,000 fans, ages 16 and older, will receive a Cardinals food bowl mat to keep your pet’s feeding area nice and tidy.
REPLICA 2011 WORLD SERIES GAME 7 TICKET
Sunday June 23 vs. Texas, 1:15
25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
25,000 fans will receive this one-of-a-kind replica ticket from Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
MIKE SHANNON BOBBLEHEAD with VOICE CHIP
Friday, July 5 vs. Miami, 7:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
“Get Up Baby!” It’s time to add Mike Shannon to your bobblehead collection. Take home the voice of Cardinals baseball with this unique voice-chipped bobblehead.
ADULT HOLLIDAY REPLICA JERSEY (TICKETS.COM)
Saturday, July 6 vs. Miami, 1:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
Make sure you get your ticket for this game against Miami. Tickets.com and the St. Louis Cardinals are giving fans, 16 and older, a Matt Holliday replica jersey.
PORCH FLAG (AT&T)
Sunday, July 7 vs. Miami, 1:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older and Rawlings
Show off your Cardinals spirit from the comfort of your own home. Sponsored by AT&T, this Cardinals flag is the perfect addition to any fan’s front porch.
“HALL OF FAME WEEKEND” presented by EDWARD JONES
Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21 vs. San Diego
Commemorative items all weekend long, highlighting some of St. Louis’ most popular Hall of Famers.

OZZIE SMITH GOLD GLOVE BOBBLEHEAD (AMEREN MISSOURI)
Friday, July 19 vs. San Diego, 7:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
Pick up a ticket to this game to receive a bobblehead honoring Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith, and his 13 Gold Glove awards. This bobblehead, presented by Ameren Missouri, is one you don’t want to miss!
ADULT REPLICA 1940’S RED SCHOENDIENST JERSEY (DELTA AIR LINES)
Saturday, July 20 vs. San Diego, 6:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
A replica 1940’s Red Schoendienst jersey is just what any longtime Cardinals fan needs in their jersey collection. Thanks to Delta Air Lines, it’s just what they’ll get at this game against the Padres.
MUSIAL REPLICA BRONZE STATUE (EDWARD JONES)
Sunday, July 21 vs. San Diego, 1:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
Continue your collection of the Cardinals bronze statue series with this one-of-a-kind replica of Hall of Famer Stan Musial, just like the one displayed on the corner of 8th and Clark.
“FREDBIRD’S BIRTHDAY BASH WEEKEND”
Friday, August 23, Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 vs. Atlanta
Come celebrate Fredbird’s Birthday all weekend long with activities for the kids and special promotional items featuring Fredbird.
TEAM CANVAS PRINT (COKE ZERO)
Friday, August 23 vs. Atlanta, 7:15
25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
Add this canvas print of the team photo to your Cardinals cave! 25,000 fans will receive this item, courtesy of Coke Zero.
FREDBIRD KIDS CAP (ICE MOUNTAIN)
Saturday, August 24 vs. Atlanta, 6:15
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
The kids of Cardinal Nation will love sporting their beloved mascot right on their head. Ice Mountain and the St. Louis Cardinals will give 12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger, the unique cap at this Saturday game.
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP FREDBIRD
Sunday, August 25 vs. Atlanta, 1:15
12,000 kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
The Build-A-Bear Workshop works overtime to make sure that 12,000 of our young Cardinals fans take home their very own stuffed Fredbird bear.
ADULT REPLICA 1980’S WILLIE McGEE JERSEY
Saturday, September 7 vs. Pittsburgh, 6:15
25,000 Fans, ages 16 and older
This 1980’s Willie McGee replica jersey is sure to spice up your Cardinals closet. The throwback look never goes out of style at Busch Stadium.
CARDINALS PENNANT (COCA COLA /PASTA HOUSE)
Sunday, September 8 vs. Pittsburgh, 1:15
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
Kids, ages 15 and younger, will receive a collectible Cardinals pennant, compliments of Coca Cola and Pasta House.
MIKE MATHENY BOBBLEHEAD (COCA COLA/DIERBERGS)
Friday, September 13 vs. Seattle, 7:15
25,000 Fans entering with a ticket
Coca Cola and Dierbergs proudly present the Mike Matheny catcher bobblehead. 25,000 fans will receive this collectible honoring Matheny’s playing days from behind the plate for the St. Louis Cardinals.
PHOTO DAY (CREVE COEUR CAMERA)
Saturday, September 14 vs. Seattle, 6:15
Prior to the game, fans will be allowed on the field to get up-close and personal photos of their favorite players, coaches and Fredbird. Field access is on a first-come, first-served basis. Weather permitting.
SIX FLAGS DAY
Sunday, September 15 vs. Seattle, 1:15
Kids, ages 15 and younger entering with a ticket
As summer is winding down, kids, 48” inches and under, have one last chance to receive a free ticket to Six Flags valid any Sunday through October 27th.
FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND
Friday, September 27th, Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29 vs. Chicago
2014 SCHEDULE (SHELTER INSURANCE)
Sunday, September 29 vs. Chicago, 1:15
All Fans
Cardinals fans can start planning ahead to the summer of 2014. During the last regular season game of 2013, Shelter Insurance will give every fan a schedule for the Cardinals 2014 season.
COMPLIMENTARY 2014 TICKET VOUCHER
Sunday, September 29 vs. Chicago, 1:15
All Fans
All fans will receive a free ticket to a 2014 Cardinals regular season game.
BUDWEISER BASH FRIDAYS
All Fridays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy music, fun, prizes and past and present Cardinals players in the Ford Plaza, sponsored by Budweiser.
Prairie Farms ICE CREAM SUNDAYS
All Sundays, starting two hours prior to every home game, enjoy free North Star ice cream (while supplies last) in the Ford Plaza.
Prairie Farms RUN THE BASES
On the following days, kids 15 and under will be allowed to run the bases after the Cardinals game (weather permitting):
Saturday, April 27 vs. Pittsburgh, 3:15
Sunday, May 19 vs. Milwaukee, 1:15
Sunday, June 2 vs. San Francisco, 1:15
Sunday, July 7 vs. Miami, 1:15
Sunday, August 25 vs. Atlanta, 1:15
Sunday, September 15 vs. Seattle, 1:15
Ice Mountain AUTOGRAPH NIGHTS
Fans, ages 20 and under, can get current player autographs before the game from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Then from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. all fans can get autographs from former players, on the following dates:
Wednesday, May 15 vs. New York, 7:15
Wednesday, June 5 vs. Arizona, 7:15
Wednesday, July 10 vs. Houston, 7:15
Wednesday, August 7 vs. LA Dodgers, 7:15
Wednesday, August 28 vs. Cincinnati, 7:15
Great Clips CHARITY HAIRCUTS
All fans will be able to get a haircut, with all proceeds going to Cardinals Care, on the following dates:
Thursday, April 10 vs. Cincinnati, 12:45
Thursday, May 1 vs. Cincinnati, 12:45
Tuesday, May 16 vs. New York, 12:45
Thursday, August 15 vs. Pittsburgh, 12:45
Thursday, September 25 vs. Washington, 12:45